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rates. the more you pay in interest, the less you have for everything else. if you borrow $300,000 a year ago, at those mortgage rates, your monthly payment was around $1267. that's now $393 more because the cost of borrowing has gone up. that translates to almost $5,000 a year. this is also forcing people who wanted to buy to rent instead. we're seeing rental rates go up dramatically as well. >> all great news. thanks, matt. for everyone around, it's good to see you. thank you. >> the crisis continues. >> "inside politics" with john king starts now. hello. welcome to "inside politics." i'm john king. thank you for sharing your friday with us. president biden just beginning a big trip to asia. he sees a cross roads in how the world stands up to russia, and to china. and the president says the
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choices will echo for decades. >> we're standing at an inflection point in history where the decisions we make today will have far-reaching impacts on the world we leave to our children tomorrow. >> plus some new numbers in the too close to call pennsylvania republican senate primary. georgia is the headline state next tuesday. already an early voting record there, and in several of the big georgia races, choosing a candidate means saying yes or no to donald trump and his big election lie. and phone calls. handwritten notes. new details today about trump's deep personal involvement in the strategy to try to steal the election. and the january 6th committee asked a republican lawmaker to explain a tour of the capitol complex he gave the day before the riot. the president's overseas juggling act. the asia trip, the priorities are consequence shl. a china with a stagnant economy. north korea hell bent on
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provocation. a war with russia and ukraine with no sign of going cold any time soon. a samsung plant trip put focus on the global supply chain mess that adds to the economic challenges here at home. we start in seoul with jeremy diamond. hugely consequential trip for the president, jeremy? >> reporter: no doubt, and it comes at a moment of increased tension in the region. north korea according to u.s. intelligence appears to be preparing to fire off an intercontinental ballistic missile as a test or even potentially a nuclear test while president biden is in the region. that would be a provocative and headline grabbing move while president biden is here. u.s. officials prepared for that possibility. president is seeking to bolster that relationship, that aligns with south korea which he called earlier today a lynch pin of peace, and prosperity.
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he wants to send is signal this relationship is important even from an economic security perspective. we saw him drawing on the war in ukraine and the supply chain issues we've seen there as he talked about the importance of allies relying on each other and not on autocratic regimes. president biden didn't mention china explicitly, but that was the clear sub text of his remarks. a point i expect we'll hear biden make over and over again as he spends the next few days in south korea and in japan where he'll also meet with u.s. allies including india and australia. president biden is trying to shore up those alliances, you know, increase pushback on this competition with china. and all of this critical as president biden is in the region. now, meanwhile even as president biden focussed on the diplomatic aspect, we know that two u.s. secret service employees, they are being sent home after returning from several bars, getting into a physical altercation with a taxi driver
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as well as two other korean nationals. a secret service spokesman says they're being sent home and placed on administrative leave. with me in studio to share their insights, our panel. david, i want to pick up. we played a little bit from the president. let's listen to a little bit more. the president is essentially trying to ask the world, the world whether you were focussed on putin or china, to rethink and forget the last 20 years of policy. listen to what the president said today at the samsung plant. >> putin's brutal and unprovoked war in ukraine has spotlighted the need to secure our critical supply chains so our economy, our economic and our national security are not dependent on countries that don't share our values. >> not dependent on countries that don't share our values. for 20 years, the united states and most of the allies have said we don't like putin. we don't like what china is doing, let's try to invite them to the club and slap them on the
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wrist for otherwise major infractions. let's hope if we buddy buddy, it will work. now we know with putin, failure. the president's message in asia is we need to be more aggressive in standing up to chinese aggression. is the world ready to do that? is the united states ready to do that and say the last 20 years haven't worked? >> two things to unpack, john. the concept of letting china into the world trade organization of trying to integrate russia into europe was that the power of that integration would prevent this kind of aggression. and now you're seeing a huge rethink. even within the democratic party. remember, it was bill clinton who was making the arguments when we were going around the world listening to him in china and in russia. and so now the president is basically moving back to a more nationalistic strategy, and that's what the visit to the semi conductor plant was all about, because samsung is now
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building in the united states. not fast enough to make a difference. and so what the essential message was just as we couldn't rely on russia for gas and oil exports, we can't rely on china in case they cut off our supply of semi conductors for political purposes. >> so george w. bush's former national security adviser served in the previous bush administration, steven hadley says this in the washington post in a column. this is an opportunity for the united states to get off the back foot. putin has delivered a strategic blow to russia by his failed effort to absorb ukraine and xi has derailed the chinese juggernaut. well-put, but not easy. the question is does the president feel when you're trying to deal with two giant crises at once, it's a complicated job, but that he can get china -- japan and south korea to put aside personal rivalries to say this is how we have to unify the approach to
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china. ? >> the white house views this as an intersection of all three of those things. the leaders that president biden will be meeting with, he's also meeting with the quad after this when he goes to japan. he says they're important to those export controls on russia, and at the same time, when you're talking about a china also, the competition. he -- this week he was pushing while he was at the samsung factory for legislation that the white house says would reduce costs and also would be in response to putin's aggression. again, the white house seeing all the issues coming to a head in south korea where he says he wants to get to know the south korean leader better and establish the firm ties with the important partner in the region. >> and the president has to do this all at once. he has no choice. even while he's in asia, trying to say look, the covid pandemic delayed me coming here. i should have come earlier, i would have liked to, he's talking about the semi conductor disruptions, that's covid, too. to show how complicated the challenges are, they are flying
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the ukraine aid bill passed by the united states senate. they're flying it because the president has to have the documents to sign them. they're bringing it to him. what does that tell you? >> a lot of it is optics. they could -- during the obama years they used an auto pen where he could sign legislation into law while traveling overseas, but the white house wants to show that they are taking a strong unified stand against russia. this is a massive bill. $40 billion of u.s. aid is about to go to help ukraine with the war. this comes just after $14 billion was approved last month during march. so in both sides are making clear there's going to be much more money coming down the line, so this is all part of presidents come at a time when foreign policy crises, they're not expecting for policy crises. this is a huge test for the administration. he wants to show unified united states sport which is why they're making this showing of this bill coming across seas for
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him to sign. >> and watching this trip as closely as anyone, any of the stake holders is china, president xi and his inner circle in china. there were interesting cartoons in the chinese state media. saying it's the united states that wants to try to divide the world. this today. a commentary, washington's plot, washington's plot with the sinister intent of sewing divisions and peddling confrontation to asia should be opposed. by stirring up trouble after trouble, washington is anything but a responsible player in the asia-pacific. we've seen this from time to time. the chinese are very good and effective and belligerent in their propaganda and message. is there any difference in what xi is saying today as opposed to preputin invasion? >> the difference is timing. xi has to be looking at what's happened in ukraine, and asking himself two questions.
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is my mail tear as good as i thought it was? because vladimir putin just discovered his wasn't. right? and the second question he's got to be asking is could this set of sanctions that had been so effectively deployed against the russians also be deployed against china? which is a far more complicated process. now, for president biden, i think he's got to recognize along the way, and he has, that there are some things for which he needs the chinese. one of them, of course, is the environment. and dealing with climate change. but the second lurking over the trip, you mentioned it before, was north korea. an area where the two cooperated before. neither country wants to see north korea begin to flaunt its nuclear weapons. but as they were leaving for the trip, jake sullivan, the president's national security adviser told us that he is fully expecting, and they are preparing for the possibility of a seventh nuclear test, or a missile test. >> that is a pattern that goes back a long time. >> yes.
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>> it's been 16 years since i covered the white house. when north korea doesn't feel it's getting attention, the toddler does something provocative, in this case, they have nuclear weapons. next for us, new numbers in the too close to call pennsylvania republican senate primary and the final weekend of the primary campaign in georgia. donald trump and mike pence are on different sides there. we'll go live to georgia on the ground next. we hope you like your work. ♪ (vo) every business, big or small, coast to coast, needs internet that can keep up with its demands. verizon has fast, reliable internet solutions nationwide. so you can power your business to do more. find the perfect solution for . ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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we're counting voits from tuesday's primary in thee rear-view mirror. let's focus on tuesday undecided. that's this. the pennsylvania senate republican primary. look how close it is. dr. oz was endorsed by donald
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trump in the pennsylvania senate gop race. he's 1020 votes ahead. mccormick has a chance to catch ahead as they catch some remaining mail-in ballots and provisional ballots. c kathy barnette in a distant third. let's look at the latest dynamics. this is the pennsylvania gop primary. the statewide absentee ballots counted so far in the far. this is why the mccormick campaign thinks it can catch up. if you look at the absentee ballots, if you're in the mccormick campaign, you're 1100 votes behind. we might be able to catch up, you think. in pittsburgh, allegheny county, again, this is where overall, mccormick leads in the vote count 39% to 32%. on the election day ballots
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counted, they had a problem with memory cards in the machine. they're still being counted today. mccormick 39, oz 33. you look at the numbers and think mccormick has a chance to catch up. but today oz has had a 30-vote gain in the count. let's get to the field. jeff zeleny, melanie in lan castic. the mccormick campaign says we can still catch up. the oz campaign says the clock is ticking. >> reporter: that's right. mccormick has been chipping away at oz's lead. the question is whether he is gaining enough to actually close the gap. and all eyes today have been on allegheny county, the county where the largest pool of possible votes left to be counted is. worth noting that mccormick lives in cal gainny county and had a strong showing on election day of the votes tallied up.
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both camps are projecting confidence. mccormick says the military ballots will benefit him. oz's campaign says the math is not there for mccormick. there's not enough votes left out there and he's essentially hitting a wall. i'll tell you one thing that both campaigns agree on is this is likely going to be headed to a recount which will be automatically triggered if the race comes within half a percentage point. and both campaigns are clearly preparing for that scenario. they are adding lawyers and experts who have experience with recounts. mccormick's campaign in april added a gop operative. mike roman, known for challenging election results. he was donald trump's director of election day operations. he became a key figure in trying to toss out pennsylvania's election results. meanwhile trump has said that oz should go ahead and declare victory and suggesting without any evidence that there could be fraud in the race. definitely getting some 2020 deja vu. >> yes, and without any evidence part is the critical part. now as it was back then,
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melanie, thank you. and jeff, i'm going to come out of the map in pennsylvania to remind people we moved to georgia next tuesday, and in georgia you might call this grudge match state for donald trump and the big lie in 2020. he wants to defeat the governor. the republican incumbent governor and defeat the republican incumbent secretary of state. and you have donald trump in one race versus mike pence. >> it's really remarkable as melanie was saying, 2020 deja vu. it extends to georgia where the messaging is hanging over the entire primary. governor brian kemp is fighting for reelection. he's having a strong race, no question, against former senator david purdue who lost in 2020, but he is now challenging the incumbent republican governor with the support of the former president. well, he has been -- there's been some question about exactly how much support the former president has been giving in the final days. he's not scheduling any rallies, and he is not on television at
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all, but this morning purdue had this to say about trump. >> still, he's all in in his race. he's going to do another tally rally for us probably monday night. >> the reality on the ground is something different. this is not a tale of two equal campaigns. the purdue campaign is not advertising. governor kemp's campaign up with more than a million dollars in ads of just his own in the final week here. but the early voting is certainly interesting as well. look at the numbers. this is the final day of early voting. going into this morning, some 710,000 georgians already cast their ballots. 406,000 were republicans. nearly 300,000 were democrats. look at the final polling going into next tuesday's primary. governor kemp is showing a strong lead, and it's grown over time.
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purd purdue's only chance is to get the governor in a runoff election. georgia one of the handful of states that requires candidates to get more than 50%. that's what this is about in the closing days. can he keep him under 50%. monday evening on the eve of the primary, mike pence is coming here to campaign for kemp. that's the biggest break he's had so far with donald trump. >> and of course in the biggest state of grievance for his former boss, donald trump. grateful for the reporting. let's wring the conversation in the room and joining the conversation -- they said trump will be with me in the end. we know trump was all in in pennsylvania for dr. oz, at least at the end. you can see he called into an oz rally on may 16th just before the vote. he had a robo call saying turn out for dr. oz. called in on a radio show to support dr. oz. we will be able to see, but to the joint jeff was making, the
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polling is overwhelmingly kemp. he says well, i didn't care all that much. >> it's unlikely to happen here given who kemp is and who he is in the mind of donald trump. and you're right about oz. but i think oz is the exception. trump backed oz really early. for the most part, trump's endorsements have been in easily winnable races or races where the outcome is known. it's like he picks the favorite in the super bowl an hour before the super bowl. an example is mastriano when every poll showed he was going to win big and he did. it doesn't seem like what happened in pennsylvania where you have oz as a leader, and you have mastriano backed by trump as the clear winner, it doesn't seem like it's going to happen in georgia where it's clear at this point given the ads on tv that this is not going to be purdue's race.
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>> to dan's point, put up the ad spending and show the viewers. this is surrender. this is surrender. the purdue campaign is spending nothing. a pac he's associated with is spending $280,000. atlanta is not a cheap media market. look at the money. $1.2 million from the kemp campaign. 762$,000 from the republican governor's association. that's tantamount to surrender. >> yes. and trump is going to have a hard time washing his hands of his race. he can't simply say purdue doesn't a good candidate and it had nothing to do with the endorsement. purdue would not have run if it were not for donald trump. donald trump made kemp target number one. purdue jumped into this race on the notion, the false notion, the madeup notion it was a stolen election and filed a lawsuit on that issue, cut ads on the issue, and multiple debates. the first thing he said is i want you to know the 20 20
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election was stolen. purdue ran to align himself with donald trump. so if he loses big, it will be a big black eye for trump. what trump will point to on tuesday is a likely victory on tuesday of walker in the primary, and in that case, it was not much of a contest because the field -- he's got opponents, but mcconnell also endorsiiing walker. in contested primaries where it's been a mixed bag for trump to far in the primary season. >> and the governor's race gets a ton of attention. you mention the senate race, the secretary of state race, we've all heard the phone call with trump back in the day when trump wanted him to find 11,000 plus votes. it's a really fascinating test. let's listen to voters here. this is one of the things we're learning throughout the primaries. most republican voters, a, a lot of them advocate the big lie still.
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b, most say they like trump. not all of them are saying trump is for x, therefore i'll vote for x. listen. >> i believe president trump's endorsement does affect the race in georgia for governor, at least, and probably some of the other down ballot races where he endorsed candidates, but i believe it goes both ways. >> the ability of brian kemp to be able to execute on his promises and have a track record right now is a lot more important than having an endorsement of trump or anybody else quite frankly. >> trump's endorsement of purdue did nothing. i was on board with governor kemp from the day i knew he was running again. >> trump's powerful, no one should think he's not powerful in the republican party anymore, but he's not all powerful. >> so there's a couple different things at play. there's a difference between the senate races where he has been having success more success with his candidates when you look at j.d. vance, potentially dr. oz, ted bud, te herbschel walker.
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another key point to trump's endorsements, groups who are for trump and against trump have done polling on this. when people know, republicans know that he is endorsed in a race, it does the end to make them support that person. but without him being on major social media platforms and them always knowing what he's doing anymore, republican voters don't always know who he is endorsed in these races if he's not out there telling them. >> we're going through the primary on tuesday. one of the reason the races are important in the primary is how important they are in november. stacey abrams will be the democratic candidate for the governor of georgia. will democrats turn out in the midterm election year? will the republican fracturing over trump and other things have an impact? that state is going to be a great laboratory. >> absolutely. and to bring it back to social media, i think there's a lot of democrats that would love to have trump back on social media
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for the general especially. because they can use what he says on social media. and use that in ads and turn what he says against the candidates he backs. >> which on true social he says he still backs kemp. he said that this morning. >> thank you for that. >> backs purdue, you mean. >> purdue, yes. >> we'd have a very different conversation if he said that. next, donald trump in his handwriting. the president's deep and desperate involvement in efforts to overturn the 20 20 election results. ♪ ♪ ihoppy hour starting at $6 at 3pm only from ihop. download the app and join the rerds program today. (driver) conventional thinking would say verizon
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you know a lot more today about donald trump's personal involvement in plotting for strategy to steal the 2020 election. in a new court filing the donald trump lawyer says he was directly in touch with trump and his top campaign and west wing aids in the weeks leading up to january 6th. eastman says trump even sent handwritten notes the president thought would be useful. they're documents eastman is trying to keep from the january 6th committee. this is gold if you're looking for evidence in the sense that donald trump's own handwriting to john eastman saying look at this, look at that. do this. do that. >> donald trump is known to send sharpie notes to reporters to supporters, anybody. i'm sure john eastman is not the only person with handwritten
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notes from trump, but this puts a lot of pressure on the hearings, whether they can get the notes and get ground breaking evidence, something that grabs the attention of people, because i will tell you when you talk to voters out in wisconsin, out in pennsylvania and some of the states, even democrats who are appalled by what happened on january 6th, this is not something that they bring up regularly. they're talking about the cost of living. they're talking about the cost of gas. things that impact them on a daily basis. yes, they are concerned about what happened, but these hearings that happened in june have got to grab their attention to matter. >> so you make a critical point about the hearing. we know the committee is doing meticulous work, and in addition to trying to get the documents from eastman, they're fighting for others, they want to have a conversation about with several of their own house republicans. one of them from the state of georgia, the january 6th committee, says he led a tour of folks through the capitol on the day before on january 5th. some constituents who were up. he says this was normal nothing,
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nothing here. >> we actually had about a dozen people up here that wanted to come we and visit. we had them in our office. they were peaceful people, people that we met at church. they were supporters of the president, they just wanted to be up here as if it was another rally, and we've actually checked on them to make sure they're safe. when they saw what it was turning into, they immediately turned and went back down to get away from the crowd here. >> the congressman make this is sound like normal business, constituents come all the time, no big deal. the committee clearly thinks different and one would suspect has some evidence to support the think different part. >> perhaps. this has been speculated on. there was a congresswoman who suggested that there was inside -- one of the members had an inside information about what was happening. sheryl said that soon after january 6th, and this was speculation about the tours that
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happened. now, the tours are common. they are correct that members take groups of people through the capitol. that is particularly precovid. that was very common, and now it's coming back. so the question is will these republicans who have been targeted, will they cooperate and provid information? it doesn't sound like they will. what will the democratic led committee do instead? will they try to force their hands, try to hold kevin mccarthy in contempt? those are decisions that have not been made, but something they may have to decide to do in the coming days. >> it's something you can say in the public hearings. we tried to get testimony from these people, and they refused. that's one way. but whether it's donald trump's handwritten notes or the conversations with his attorneys or members of congress, we know the committee has done a meticulous job. the challenge is what do we show in public. bill bar who knows a lot about
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trump's phone calls and what he wanted the justy department to do, is having a conversationally, tentatively agreed to give sworn testimony to the committee. just like reporters, the committee is getting a ton of information from mid level people. but that would be a more key witness. >> certainly, and when you talk about the people close to the former president of the united states, we've heard from folks like mark meadows through documentation, ivanka trump, the president's daughter, you mentioned bill bar, but up in of those people are donald trump. when you talk about the handwritten notes, that might be the closest thing to directly tie the former president of the united states, and it might not matter in 2022, but in 20 24 it could be a major issue. >> and bill bar has changed his tune on trump, so perhaps he may have to provide something. >> and he's seen as a reliable person compared to some of the other sources of information. >> and we don't know what the politics of this, how they'll pay out, but it's critical for
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could place further strain on russia's command and control. cedric lleyton is with us. this is the map. two things can be true at once. the russians have problems. we've seen that. they could be firing commanders. that could have a ripple effect on new commanders, so maybe things are rough in the field. at the same time if you look at the map, russia has more territory. that's just indisputable. it's slow and plotting but putin has more. >> that's right. and john, when you look at the kinds of things that are going on right here, you can fire commanders, as you said, but look at historical precedence. world war ii just before things got hot with germany, the soviets fired a bunch of commanders and ending up winning that war. these are early days in many respects in the ukrainian situation. but what's happening here is really critical. so you look at the area around donetsk, and other places, those areas, this is the scene of some of the heaviest fighting right now. there's also some fighting down
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here south of bakmut. if you capture the roads, you capture the territory. that's how the russians are looking at it right now. >> i want to come back to the bigger map. capture the roads, capture the territory, that's over here and makes it harder for the resupply. most of the nato supplies are coming from the west. >> that's right of the time the supplies come from poland, a little bit from slovakia. they come in through her, tough terrain. generally speaking in this area, bad roads that are not impassable but not used to carrying a lot of heavy traffic. these are the best roads from poland. this is the area the russians will want to cut off from the rest of ukraine if they get a chance to do so. >> we talk about this in the context of a day today war. a war that's gone on for a few months and is likely to go on for months and months more. the question is what happens if you start to negotiate again? when you look at the russian
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gains here, and i'll circle it here. putin took that in 2014. pro russia separate is controlled this since 2015. putin doesn't like giving back what he takes. even though he did not achieve his goal here, if he takes this, then it's complicated. >> yes, and especially if he has a legalistic argument to say okay, this is mine. i'm going to take it. and legalistic in putin's world means he's got a paper. he creates a special republic like in luhansk and the special republics become in his mind looefl entities he has to defend, and he'll keep it. there's no historical precedent that i'm aware of during putin's time in office where he's given anything like that back, and i don't expect him to do it any time soon. >> that's why ukraine says they see no value in negotiations. they think they have to take it back and is asking for more. i want to show you pictures as we go through it. again, one of the questions in recent days is what are the russians targeting? there's a playground.
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that's an impoapartment buildin. there's no military strategic importance to that. this is different. you see storage tanks taken up. >> right. the storage tanks, note the holes in the side there. those are marks from rockets that have come into that particular storage. you look at the windows in the apartment buildings. clearly targeting civilians. targeting critical infrastructure. really destroying the kinds of things that make people live and make modern live possible. that's what they're doing, and this is the kind of destruction you'll see throughout the parts of ukraine that russia was active in. >> people live there. that's got nothing to do with any military operation. grateful for your time. next, what the star witness said in a trial. a clinton campaign lawyer accused of a lie while sharing a tip on russia. find the perfect solutioion for your business.
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they wrote it for themselves. today a star witness back on the stand inside a washington d.c. federal courtroom. the case a clinton connected lawyer is on trial for a single count of lying to the fbi. lying during the heart it is alleged of the 2016 campaign. with us to help walk through it, evan perez. for many americans is question is who is michael susman, the former clinton-connected lawyer. he's charged with lying to the fbi in september of 2016.
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remember that date, september '16. that's two months before the presidential election. he told the fbi about a possible secret-back channel between donald trump and the trump organization and the kremlin linked bank. there are a lot of trump supporters who say this was sneaky, dirty politics. what are we learning at the trial? >> look, i think what is emerging in the trial is that yeah, this is a very -- this was a very sleazy effort by the campaign to try to dirty up donald trump. one of the central focuses of this trial is the prosecution's argument that what was happening was the clinton campaign was trying to use the press and the fbi essentially to dirty up trump, to make sure that in the weeks before the election, people knew that there was an investigation of donald trump. now, to be fair, all of those things could be true. right? it could be sleazy. it could be dirty tricks, but it also is true that the fbi was
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investigating the trump campaign. there were associates of the president already under investigation by the time of this september meeting, and if you're the clinton campaign, and you have your candidates under the cloud of the email investigation which is true, is it fair that only one side was under that cloud? why isn't it that the other side was not there? that is what is playing out in the courtroom? >> if you think of it through the way you said that, there's an investigation underway, let's say you work for the clinton campaign, but you have what you believe to be legitimate information that you should give to the fbi, the important context is you have to say, you'll find it to be true, but i'm in hillary clinton. you're supposed to disclose that. that's the heart of it thcht did he not disclose that? i want to read james baker is a star witness here. he says there, i'm 100% confident that he said that. michael is friend of mine and colleague, and i believed him and trusted the statements were
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truthful. baker testifying in the context that he's 100% confident susman did not mention his campaign. >> he did not mention his affiliation with the clinton campaign. this is where the trial turns. jim baker, a former cnn contributor, we should note, former general counsel of the fbi who the former president attacked relentlessly as part of the fbi leadership, is now a star witness. helping to possibly put in prison michael susman who is a clinton campaign lawyer. it's a remarkable turn of events that's happening. >> keep coming back as the case proceeds. again, 2016. that's the campaign that will never end. up next, one on one with trevor reed. he's home, thankfully, after two years of imprisonment in russia, and his story. he tells it to jake tapper. it's both shoming and compelling..
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♪ ♪ ♪i'm so defensive,♪ ♪i got bongos thumping in my chest♪ ♪and something tells me they don't beat me♪ ♪ ♪ ♪he'd better not take the ring from me.♪ the cnn exclusive, the marine veteran trevor reed who was recently freed after two years in a russian prison details his horrible, horrific experience including surviving a psychiatric treatment facility. he said he shared a cell with multiple prisoners and described unsanitary and dangerous living conditions. >> what was the worst conditions that you had, that you experienced during that time? >> the psychiatric treatment facility i was in there with
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seven other prisoners in the cell. they all had severe, serious psychological health issues. most of them, so over 50% of them in that cell were in there for murder or, like, multiple murders, sexual assault and murder. just really disturbed individuals. and inside of that cell, you know, that was not a good place. there was blood all over the walls there where prisoners had killed themselves or killed other prisoners or attempted to do that. the toilet is just a hole in the floor, and there's crap everywhere. all over the floor. on the walls. there's people in there also that walk around that look like zombies. >> were you afraid for your life? >> i mean, i did not sleep there for a couple of days. so i was too worried about who
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was in the cell with me to actually sleep. >> you thought they might kill you? >> yeah. i thought that was a possibility. >> you heard what you heard. we'll note russian officials defend the conditions he was kept in saying he was treated in line with russian law. you can watch the full interview. trevor reed, sunday night, 8:00 p.m. eastern. thanks for your time in "inside politics." anna cabrera picks up coverage right now. hello. thank you for being here. we made it to friday. i'm ana cabrera in new york. we begin in south korea where president biden is kicking off his first trip to asia since taking office. he toured a samsung facility to demonstrate the nation's partnership on technology. a key part of the administration's overarching goal to bolster economic and national security interests of the u.s. and its allies with the wary eye on china and russ's

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